Frighteningly we are already half way through January as we post this – where does the time go?
At the end of December Gapuma held its annual Christmas Party and this year it was slightly different.
All of the Gapuma family was invited and we hosted our colleagues from: Romania, Brazil, Poland, Serbia, The Netherlands, China, the Caribbean, Nigeria and Switzerland as well as receiving apologies from Ghana and Ivory Coast.
With our multinational London office staff the following countries were also represented: Malta, Lithuania, Turkey, Mauritius, India, Japan, Portugal, Armenia, Iran and the United Kingdom.
Just a few of the photographs snapped during the evening are below.
We had a Secret Santa event between all the offices which was a great hit!
Whilst we work in an age of electronic communication and instant messaging around the world nothing can replace the face to face contact and the warm handshake of friendship. The opportunity to make personal connection provides better relationships to work effectively together.
Global trading – As we look forward to 2018 we know that no planning is 100% certain. We do know through, with certainty, that we will be asked to supply a wider range of items from a larger number of countries to an even greater number of destinations than we did in 2017 – the nature of increasing global trade.
Customer feedback – We will be initiating a ‘one click’ customer feedback opportunity in January to understand better where our customers would like more and, hopefully, acknowledge when we do our best. As ever the opportunity to help us do better will be appreciated.
Corporate Social Responsibility – as in previous years we will be sponsoring a school for 24 pupils to attend a week long Outward Bound course in North Wales. As we moved offices last year we will also be looking at new schools nearer our offices so that we can look to make a positive impact with the community.
At the end of February Stephen Harris and Diana Gavelyte will be spending a week in North Wales with the Outward Bound Trust who we sponsor on a corporate basis as employee Ambassadors. They will be expected to participate in the activities as well as assisting the Outward Bound team and school staff during the week. Getting wet in cold water guaranteed!.
‘The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life. We run adventurous and challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip young people with valuable skills for education, work and life. We help them become more confident, more effective and more capable at school, college and in the workplace.’ Find out more at www.outwardbound.org.uk/